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Nancy's Note - November 4, 2010

“Still Missing” by Chevy Stevens, “The Almost Moon” by Alice Seibold, “29” by Adena Halpern.
Nancy’s Notes

With the wind and cold of this past week, you just want to curl up and read a good book. Stop in and we can help you select something of interest. One of our DVD’s may also appeal to you if you don’t want to venture outside after you settle in for the day.

My first book, “Still Missing”, is a debut novel by Chevy Stevens. On the day realtor Annie O’Sullivan is abducted she had three goals: sell a house, forget about an argument she had with her mother and be on time for dinner with her boyfriend. The open house is slow so when her last visitor pulls up in a van, Annie thinks it might be her lucky day. However she is abducted and spends a year in captivity in a remote mountain cabin.  After her escape Annie tries to piece her life back together while the police try to identify her captor, all while she has a disturbing sense that things are far from over.

Alice Seibold, author of “The Lovely Bones”, has a new book entitled, “The Almost Moon”. It is the story of a mother-daughter bond that descends into murder. Clair and Helen Knightly are a parent and child locked in an unrelenting relationship so intense that they have become the center of each other’s worlds.  As the novel opens, Helen crosses a boundary she never thought she would approach. While her act is almost unconscious, it seems like the fulfillment of a lifetime’s unspoken wishes. Over the next twenty-four hours, Helen is forced to confront the choices that have brought her to a riveting crossroad. As a woman who spent years trying to win the love of someone who had none to spare, she now faces an uncertain and dangerous freedom.

You might want something a bit lighter, if so you may enjoy, “29”. Author Adena Halpern tells the tale of Ellie Jerome. A young-at-heart seventy-five-year old who feels she has more in common with her twenty-nine-year old granddaughter than her fifty-five-year-old daughter. Ellie’s done everything she can to stay young. When she finds herself gazing at a cake full of candles, Ellie wishes she could be twenty-nine again, just for one day. Who expects that wish to come true? While Ellie finds that the life of a twenty-something is not as carefree as she expected, the joy of being young again prompts her to consider living her life all over. Does she dare stay young for more than this one day and leave everyone she loves behind?

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